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Naga, Wild Ox "Mithun" Necklace, With Flat Carved And Incised Sections, Large Carved Head At Center. Strand Of Tubular Conch Shell, Cobalt And "Nupti" Bglass Beads, With Connectors Of "Nupti" Glass Beads. Museum Quality
NAGA,Phom Tribe, Fine Collar Necklace, Rare Mustard Color Glass Beads, Spaced With Red Whiteharts, Sections Of Turquoise Padre Glass Beads, And A Center Of Blue Cobalt Glass. Each Section Is Bordered By Horn Separators With Ridged Brass Bells On Perimeter, Conch Shell Disc At Center. Conch Shell Sections As Weights At(Shell) Clasp. MUSEUM QUALITY
Burmese Naga, Antique Bone Carved Pectoral, On Necklace Of Long Fine Etched Conch Shell Sections, With Shell Tube And Glass Beads.
During Buddhist festivals in Tibet, the horses were adorned (and when possible still are) with colorful trappings such as this "hat," which was placed just under the horse forelock to extend down between the eyes. The piece is constructed of thick wool pile backed and bound on the sides with heavy fabric. Leather strips sewn to the backing were used to tie the hat to the harness. Because the pieces were made especially for religious festivals, each one is a small treasure of Buddhist symbolism...
Used in Tibetan monasteries to serve tea and perform rituals, low tables such as this one have long, pull-out drawers or boxes to hold Buddhist texts and scrolls. The front and both ends of this 19th century box-table are covered with painted foliage and flowers outlined with gesso. Wood aprons with a Tibetan design that incorporates the swastika, Buddhist symbol of law, extend the table almost to the floor on the front and sides...
Painted panels framed in intricate gesso work cover all four sides of this mid-19th century Tibetan box-table. Used in Tibetan monasteries to serve tea and perform rituals, low tables such as this one have long, pull-out drawers to hold Buddhist texts or scrolls. Both ends of this table are painted with the Buddhist "jewel of the doctrine," a cluster of wish-fulfilling gems known as "cintamani" on a tray...
From the 17th/18th century, this carved wood Himalayan shaman mask shows the wear of many years of use in tribal rituals. The primitive piece is the work of the Rai people from the middle hills of Nepal, and depicts an ancient deity or ancestor. The fur most likely was replaced several times during its years of use. The piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 11" (28 cm), width 8" (20 cm).
Hand hammered designs around the tops of copper water urns in Kathmandu, Nepal, designated particular sections of the city. This 19th century urn would have been carried to the communal well, most likely by one of the women of a household who filled the urn with water and carried it home on her head. Still today in much of Nepal many households are without running water and community wells are visited at least once every day...
A GOOD TIBETAN COPPER AND BRASS INCENSE BURNER.
The body of this censer has been raised from one thin sheet of copper which has had a great deal of intricate repousse work done to its surface, all hand done of course. Quatrefoil holes are then cut into the body and these are covered with pierced repousse brass dragon panels, also of a high quality, these let out the incense smoke. The lid is similarly made and is surmounted by a large flaming knop...
A SINO TIBETAN BRONZE FIGURE OF YAMA DHARMARAJA, 18TH ~ 19TH CENTURY.
This frightening image is of the protector with a bullâ€™s head and a third eye. Though not now in the best of condition it displays high quality work on the detailing and suggests Chinese work to me. The base plate is held in place with solder, done a long time ago, and may be the original. Yama is attached to the plinth with two tines and readily comes off.
5.1/2 inches high...
Antique turquoise and silver ornaments worn in the hair by Tibetan women, and sometimes men as well, seem to hold a special power to evoke the mountains and mystery of Tibet. This 19th century piece is shaped like a conch shell, Buddhist symbol of the absence of evil. We had a silver loop added to one end so it can be worn as a pendant. A large, earthy turquoise stone is set in the center of the piece, and small turquoise disks are lined across the top and bottom...
Compact and attractive carving of the much beloved Indian god Ganesha. Dates from the 19th century. In excellent condition with much of the paint remaining.
2.1/2 inches (6.4 cm) high.
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The China Coast
From an old collection - (1) One Nepalese manuscript delicately painted with nine Hindu and Buddhist deities including Ganesha and Avalokitesvara, ink and pigment on paper; comprising nine sheets with paintings - out of total of approx. 49 sheets, with frontis sheet. 19th century or earlier. 6" x 2 3/4". (2) Together with a Bengali manuscript, ink on palm leaves comprising approx. 40 leaves; probably 18th/19th century. 14 1/2" x 2 1/2".
Asian Ethnic Artifacts
This is a Tibetan Ritual Celestial Crown also know as a Diadem or Ringga. It is worn by a necromancer or oracle during rituals. The "crown" consists of 5 separate paintings on paper and each painting is backed with thin cardboard for stiffness. The sections are connected with string. When worn, the crown is tied around the head with string. The sections are painted with the five Dhayani, celestial Buddhas, each painted with his traditional color and gesture...
Beautiful Indian silver repouse bowl decorated with scenes from the life of Shiva in deeply hammered bas relief, 19th century. Weight 201 grams. Size: 11 1/2" wide x 8" high
Silk Road Gallery
Made of handbeaten copper, lidded urns in this design continue to be used for household water storage in Kathmandu, Nepal, where many homes do not have running water. Daily trips to community wells are made, usually by women, who carry water home in narrow necked vessels, then pour it into containers like this...
Silk Road Gallery
This wool weaving from Nepal represents a phoenix, wings spread soaring toward the sun. Its craggy surface and muted colors evoke the majestic, mysterious Himalayas. The design, at once ethnic and retro, recalls the late 1960s/early 1970s time period when it was made. The piece is in very good condition. Dimensions: height 30" (76 cm), width 40" (102 cm).
Silk Road Gallery
Lapis and carnelian stones in an ornate setting mounted on a band of light, feathery etching is somehow evocative of Nepal where this bracelet originated. The bracelet is sized relatively large and, while it can be adjusted, may fit and look best when worn over a heavy sweater or jacket cuff. From the late 20th century, the piece is in excellent condition. We do not know the silver content but suspect it is relatively low as is typical for jewelry from Nepal. The inside width of the bracelet mea...